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Submission #2467: janus's Genesis Phantasy Star IV in 1:35:58.8

Console: Sega Genesis
Game name: Phantasy Star IV
Game version: USA
ROM filename: Phantasy Star IV (4) (!).bin
Emulator: (unknown)
Movie length: 1:35:58.8
FrameCount: 345528
Re-record count: 85306
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Author's nickname: janus
Submitter: janus
Submitted at: 2009-11-23 14:57:22
Text last edited at: 2009-12-17 02:04:52
Text last edited by: flygon
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In this final instalment of the Phantasy Star saga, you finally get to fight the root of all evil. Such a quest would normally take tens of hours, but with luck manipulation, it can be reduced to less than two hours This TAS is my second. Although it is much shorther than BOF 2, PS4 was actually harder. In effect, the AI for this game is utterly unpredictable. During battle, pressing A at the same frame can yield difference results. The number of times I had to restart to find what I was looking for...

Anyway, here are a few tricks to save frames

And now, tricks against the bosses

_Iglannova_ Killing Hahn take a long time, and using macros lets the spawns attack. So I had to enter individual commands each time. For its 2nd for (in Zema), I took advantage of his susecptibility to instant death

_Juza_ The trick is to make him cast foi on Gryz as often as possible (and with less than 16 hp of damage). I have Hahn killed after he casts vision (more dexterity)

_Gy-Laguish_ His fire breath is his weakest attack. With luck manipulation, Rune can withstand two attacks. Finally, to avoid healing, I waited to have Gryz die.

_Zio_ It's the only fight where a macro is used only once. His black energy wave is his weakest attack, and only Rune a withstand it.

_Chaos Sorcerer_ Another boss weak to instant Death

_Dark Force I_ With BLessings, his flare shot is easier to resist

_ xe-la-thoul_ The hardest fight of the game. In order to save time, Rika doesn't cast saner. And since they cast a strong attack when they are attacked collectively, I need to take one down first. With enough damage, Rika can cast disrupt to take the first one down

_Lashiec_ Another hard fight. Although he casts possesion (sleep) every other round, his thunderalbrt attack is very strong. I was able to keep everyone but Chaz alive

_Dark Force II_ Shadow breath is his only weak attack (he also casts veil eye every second round)

_Dark Force III_ A tricky fight. Because of my low level, only his physical attack can be withstood, and by Wren only. Since his sleep attack can be durable, I have to wait for his anti-saner attack

_de-vars_ the physical boss of Rykros. Therefore, Rune is a good scapegoat to withstand the attacks while defending

_sa-lews_ the magical boss of Rykros. However, for some reason, he can withstand physical skills (2x slash, crosscut). He was second in the order; de-vars gave rika a good defence against fire, his weakest attack

_Profound Darkness_ The root of all evil is relatively easy. During his first form, he only attack Rika; he can also attack raja with shadow breath if he defends previously. For the second form, in order to save time (thanks to Fres Feeling for the trick), I had raja cast miracle so Wren can attack more often. Also, Chaz miraculously withstood PD2's attack. It was quite a tour de luck. For the final form, PD3 can be manipulated to cast megid only once. For the rest, it's a switch between a physical attack and evil eye.

adelikat: Good viewer response, accepting for publication.

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